On Sept. 30, individuals from Southern Riverside and San Diego counties will band together to raise funds and awareness for one of the most misunderstood digestive diseases affecting individuals today – Crohn’s disease.
The third annual Take Steps, Be Heard for Crohn’s and Colitis will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bel Vino Winery in Temecula, and one of the walkers, Temecula resident Kristy Hickman, 22, knows firsthand how difficult living with such an ailment can be.
Having been diagnosed at the age of twelve, Hickman has had to live with a disease that has led to multiple visits to the emergency room, undergoing surgeries; experiencing unwanted side effects from medications; and dealing with pain every single day.
“It was not easy, and for so long, I felt like Crohn’s disease defined who I was, stated Hickman.
For the past two and a half years, however, Hickman has been in remission after a successful small bowel resection surgery. Combined with the proper medication, Hickman has reduced her pain level, increased her energy amounts, and is able to keep up with her three, healthy children.
Knowing firsthand what the challenges of living with a debilitating and unpredictable disease can be like, Hickman will be participating in Take Steps with the hopes that one day, “doctors will be able to tell a newly diagnosed 12-year-old